Auditors warn Iowa State about Clery Act problems

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press

IOWA CITY (AP) — An internal audit report has warned that Iowa State University was out of compliance with federal law for years in the limited way that students were informed about sexual assaults and other crimes on campus.

The June 17 report says the school’s recently-abandoned practice of issuing crime alerts on the campus police website didn’t meet Clery Act requirements.

The report says administrators must issue “timely warnings” required by the law through mass emails and other formats that don’t require individuals to search out the information.

University attorney Keith Bystrom said Wednesday that ISU started sending them in mass emails last spring, after auditors identified the problem. He said posting the information online wasn’t meant to hide the crime reports, noting that news outlets knew where to look for them.

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